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Life happens

Posted by: Frances

March 10th, 2016 >> Uncategorized

It has been a long time since my last log in.  So much has happened…  Life!  I now have two careers I enjoy.  I am an Auditor as well as a Certified Surgical Technologist.  I love my jobs.  I have done a lot of DIY projects of all sorts…. tatting, building furniture, sewing, gardens (my artichokes are HUGE!), making babies.  Yep, that’s right, I had a very handsome little monster named Owen, who is incredibly happy.  He laughs and babbles all the time.  I have also purchased a home with my husband that we have made into a lovely home with our son and three very entertaining ladies (dogs); Natasha, Maci, and Molly.

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Owen Birth info

And now, he is 7 months old.  He has changed so much.

 

 196 days Owen 1st Valentines Day (6)

July 28, 2012 Big Spring, TX Hang Gliding Competition

Posted by: Frances

August 9th, 2012 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel, Uncategorized

It was really great to see everyone at the competition.  I really miss everyone.  We had so much fun even though it was really HOT!  One of the tasks was cancelled one day so we all headed to the small water park and had a lot of laughs.  At the end of the competition, Tim was nice enough to take me up in his 1969 150J Cessna plane.  That was a LOT of fun!!!

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Playing with the new Canon Camera

Posted by: Frances

February 25th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

Matt, Blake, Khrista, Ryan, and I all went down to Stone Brewing Company.  They have free tours that end with free beer as well as different events all the time.  The restaurant there is fantastic as well and fresh, organic, farmers market food.  While we were there, I played around with the fish eye lens on my new camera and it was quite fun.  Here are the results:

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Matt and I

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Matt and I

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The Kind Diet Granola Bars

Posted by: Frances

February 25th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

So this time I made two batches of the granola bars that were each slightly different.  One batch I made the same as last time, but only one bag of chocolate chips and I added a 1/2 cup of organic unsalted peanut butter.  THEY ARE SOOO DELICIOUS!!!

The other batch I only used one bag of chocolate chips and I added 1/2 cup of almonds (blended from the blender).  Matt said they turned out really good.  I didn’t try those because I don’t like nuts.  Maybe I will try cashews next time and see if he likes that…

If you have 30 minutes and go buy the ingredients, I HIGHLY recommend you making these and eating them.  They are good for you and taste amazing.
I put them in my food saver bags so they would keep and I could bake a few batches at a time.

Life in California 6 months later…

Posted by: Frances

February 12th, 2011 >> Uncategorized

So, I have now been in the Los Angeles, CA area for 6 months now.  I have done two travel work assignments and taken some fun weekend trips home and around the area here.  It is very beautiful here much like the Mediterranean.  The weather in the last month has been 40s in the evenings and mornings and 60 to 70 in the afternoons which is a little on the chilly side for me.

I have had some fun adventures so far here and I am excited about the ones the future holds.  I have been able to read some interesting books, finish my Bachelor’s Degree, explore, and travel during this time.  Now, I am narrowing down a school to earn my Master’s Degree and hoping to start in the Summer or Fall of this year.  Once April is here I am also hoping to finally finish my Hang Gliding lessons at last if things work out the way I want them to.

I have to admit that I am a much happier person here than I was back East.  My job here is great, except the part about getting up at 4:40AM!!!  I work with some very nice, respectful people.  (Of course, there are still a few that get on my nerves)  The drive home from work is long and uneventful each day, but it is nice having that time to call and catch up with friends.

Matt and I  are having lots of fun and seeing some really beautiful places!  He seems to be a much more energetic person here too.

I have to say, I have nothing really to complain about except on thing….   I MISS MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!  I hope that each of you come out to visit so I can share some of the really beautiful parts of the United States with you and make some memories.

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Get Rich Organizing by Anne Blumer

Posted by: Frances

February 9th, 2011 >> Crafts, Uncategorized

So last October, I was given the book Get Rich Organizing: The Professional Organizer Survival Guide to Launch, Manage, and Grow a Profitable Business.  I finished reading it and I found it to be extremely informative and detailed.  I felt like she covered everything in her book and not just for an Organizing Business. I felt like this would be a good guide for anyone starting a business to an extent.  At least it would get you on the right track and know what you need to have covered.  Check it out: http://www.getrichorganizing.com/

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Middle Sister Wine: Rebel Red

Posted by: Frances

January 30th, 2011 >> Cooking, Uncategorized

So, I went to Henry’s Farmer Market for the first time to check it out.  I was very satisfied with the store and found a bunch of things there to try.  While I was there, in the Wine section I found Middle Sister Wine!!!  How cool is that!!!  I ended up buying the Rebel Red Bottle they made.  I have not tried it yet, but when I do, I will let you know what I think.

Check out their youtube video just click here.  They also have a Sisters Giveback program you can find out more about on their link.

They make a variety of wines.  Here is the picture of the Rebel Red Middle Sister Wine that I purchased.

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Tom Tom GPS

Posted by: Frances

June 22nd, 2010 >> Uncategorized

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So Matt bought a TomTom GPS about a year and a half ago.  This weekend while we were in Chattanooga, TN it decided to completely die on us.  This was due to the charger frying the circuit board because it was defective!!!  We called TomTom customer service and all they had to say was sorry, but they only have a one year warranty.  WHAT?!  It was obviously defective and they will not repair it or replace it or offer a discount on a new one!  I would completely understand if I was at fault for it breaking, but it FRIED due to a defective charger and motherboard!!!  I will not buy any TomTom products again and neither should you!  Garmin here I come because I have read great things about your customer service and back your products unlike TomTom!

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My name Frances

Posted by: Frances

February 2nd, 2010 >> Educational, Uncategorized

So…. I got a message from a very close person to me.  It was a request to view this site http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Frances when I had a moment. So I did and it made me laugh.  you should check it out, it will only take a minute.

Sir Shadow one line drawings

Posted by: Frances

January 31st, 2010 >> Educational, Uncategorized

In 1998 I bought two of Sir Shadows drawings off the street from him.  I kept the pics and have them framed in my dining room.  I LOVE HIS one line drawings.  Check him out at www.sirshadow.com.  It is worth the few minutes.

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I have this one.  So romantic!